Intel beefs up Atom range

Intel has added two new Intel Atom processors to its line of tiddly chips aimed at networked storage appliances for the home and small business.

The new chips are 1.8GHz Atom processor, the D425 being single-core and the D525 dual-core.

Intel said they boost performance with higher CPU frequencies for faster storage processing and support DDR3 SODIMMs.

They are paired with the Intel 82801 IR I/O controller and support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open source Linux operating systems.

Dinesh Rao, product line manager at Intel's Storage Group, said the Atom "makes it possible for storage vendors to develop low-power appliances that can innocuously sit on a desk or shelf while keeping digital content safe and available any time, anywhere.”

Intel trotted out a list of NAS makers who may or may not have been leaned on to use Atom chips, implying they may adopt the new skus. Here's the list: Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG Electronics, NETGEAR, QNAP, Super Micro, Synology and Thecus.

Intel has made additional information available at intel.com/go/storage.